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Monthly Archives: May 2010

Ecology Publishes Draft SEPA Guidance for Greenhouse Gases

Posted in Regulatory

Washington’s State Environmental Policy Act (SEPA) requires that prior to any decision with a “probable significant environmental impact,” the public decision maker publish an environmental impact statement (EIS). When any governmental permit is requested (with narrow exceptions), the government must first make a threshold determination as to whether the proposal does have a probable significant… Continue Reading

U.S. Patent and Trademark Office- Green Technology Pilot Program (Part II)

Posted in Climate Change, Intellectual Property, Technology

Truly the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has been trying to promote clean technology.  In conjunction with the United Nations Framework Conference on Climate Change summit held in Copenhagen last year, the PTO announced a new Green Technology Pilot Program (see my December 11, 2009 blog post) to expedite already pending patent applications that fit… Continue Reading

The It’s Official – “Bi-Partisan Climate Legislation” Is An Oxymoron

Posted in Climate Change, Legislation

By Elaine Spencer My last blog post asked if “bi-partisan climate legislation” had to be an oxymoron.  Through an internal glitch it was drafted several days before it was posted.  It was actually posted the day after the “Kerry-Lieberman American Power Act,” formerly known as the “Kerry-Graham-Lieberman American Power Act” was finally introduced.  And indeed,… Continue Reading

American Power Act – Climate Change Legislation Introduced in Senate

Posted in Legislation, Tax

On May 12, Senators John Kerry (D-MA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT) released the details of a nearly 1000 page draft climate change bill.  The official title of the new legislation is “American Power Act.” While the bill is commonly referred to as the Kerry-Lieberman bill, it should actually be called the Kerry-Lieberman- Graham bill.  ”Graham”… Continue Reading

Progress on WUTC’s New Conservation Rules

Posted in Legislation, Regulatory

Last month, I wrote about a new Washington Utilities and Transportation Commission (“WUTC”) proceeding (Docket U-00522) to consider establishing necessary conservation incentives.  In light of the fact that Washington state (a) has a coastline and (b) never wants to deal with a major gulf spill alá the recent Gulf of Mexico debacle, the WUTC’s actions… Continue Reading

B-Corporations: Business Trend or Legislative Overhaul?

Posted in Legislation, Sustainable Business

By Rebecca Anderson Many are saying that the new B-Corporation (“B” standing for benefit) is a growing trend, and rightfully so, considering that 285 companies representing $1.1 billion in revenue, from 54 industries, ranging from consumer products to law firms to venture funds, and 30 U.S. states are currently certified as a B-Corporation. A few… Continue Reading

King County’s “ToolKit2” Promotes Sustainable Cities

Posted in Green Building

At last week’s “GreenTools Government Confluence,” King County rolled out its latest “Toolkit” for sustainable cities. “Toolkit2” is a web-based network of tools, resources, examples and peer-to-peer support for cities, to help promote their green building and sustainable planning efforts. Toolkit2 includes a roadmap, developed by a coalition of King County jurisdictions, to help cities… Continue Reading

Must “Bi-Partisan Climate Legislation” Be an Oxymoron?

Posted in Climate Change, Legislation

  oxymoron: a figure of speech by which a locution produces an incongruous, seemingly self-contradictory effect, as in “cruel kindness” or “to make haste slowly” Rarely has there been such anticipatory buzz as existed for the unveiling of the Kerry-Graham-Lieberman climate bill.  In December of last year, Senators John Kerry (D-Mass.), Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) and… Continue Reading

A Delicious Idea for Green Roofs

Posted in Green Building, LEED

By Cynthia Kennedy The LEED rating system promotes green building and sustainable development techniques.  One such technique encouraged by the LEED system is installing a “green roof.”  Green roofs replace traditional heat-absorbing roofing materials with plant materials.  Vegetated green roofs can reduce energy consumption by providing insulation benefits for the building and helping to reduce… Continue Reading